This was a pretty fun challenge. the owner of the bar wanted to hide the walk in cooler doors from the bar guests so this is what I came up with. I redid the design a few months later to match the theme of the bar a little better.
This is a project I started in 2012, it involved covering the glass doors that hide the speakeasy “the laundry room” within Commonwealth. The initial project took approximately 5000+ street art stickers that where sent to me from all over the world. I personally selected and put up all the stickers. I currently curate the door way reapplying and refreshing the ever changing and evolving work of art. The doorway has become a very well known spot in Las Vegas to see sticker art. People come from all over and add their own pieces of work making it a very unique installation project.
Ninja Vs. Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing
American double IPA , DIPA
APPEARANCE: I imagine if a ninja’s sword where to chop the head of a Unicorn, he would wipe his blade clean on his ninja pajamas. The color on his ninja costume would be reminiscent of the way this lovely beer poured. A beautiful golden amber, with sparkling highlights that really hypnotize you when you stair into it. Produced a nice big loose white head that lingering cap.
AROMA: Drinking this out in the forest has intensified the pine aromas, all around me the pine cones are falling. Getting tons of sticky pine and huge resinous piney hops coming off the pour. Fresh sliced juicy grapefruit, like the ones on “fruit ninja” game from my iPhone. Followed by some over ripe orange and tangerines. There is a wonderful maltiness that translate into toasted bread and sugar cookies. The nose on this beer is amazing. I imagine this is what a unicorn fart would smell like!
TASTE: After the ninja chopped the head off of this mythical beast, the blood spilled and filled bottle upon bottle of this beer. Usually when a beer has such an outstanding nose the taste doesn’t live up. Not in this case, the flavor layers are all right there in line with the aroma. For a beer that claims 10 ibu it inst a palate wrecker at all, Its actually very easy drinking. The piney hops come flying at you like a ninja star. Super dank that’s followed up with a big bursting citrus flavor. The sweet malts do make an appearance like a piece of toast with a grapefruit/orange marmalade. There is a some heat on this beer, which is odd with the abv coming in at 8.5%.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. there is a very pleasant syrupy creaminess that makes this a really smooth drinking ipa. Lots of that resiouness pine comes through on the mouthfeel, really coating the entire mouth. Leaves the mouth with a long lasting lingering finish.
OVERALL: Not sure if Ninja Vs.Unicorn is a the name it should have. Its so balanced that it should be called Ninja Sex Unicorn. Huge fan of every aspect of this beer, including the little heat that comes out i’m assuming from the battle. Speaking of battles I think the real winner was me! I just saw that they are going to start canning this beer, when that happens I will be trading for a case at a time. Truly everything I would want and ask for out of a dipa.
RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!
APPEARANCE: Poured a soft, elegant grapefruit color into my glass. Slightly murky and cloudy with an appearance of fresh squeezed juice. A frothy, dish soap bubbled head rose quickly to the top of the glass,and then dissipated as quick as it produced. What was left of the head settled into a spotted halo that blocked the lazy bubbles of carbonation that where rising from the bottom.
AROMA: Big sour notes consume the bouquet right away, once I get past that it really begins to reveal other layers. Lots of over ripe mango the kind you would pick up from the ground that are slightly funky. Peach skin mixed with a wet grain smell that reminds me of peaches and cream oatmeal from when I was a kid. Overall the sourness just keeps coming back bringing with it a heavy acidic aroma as well.
TASTE: Peachie-o’s! i mean spot on to the sweet sour candied peach gummies that i love.After the intial peach a very tart fresh squeezed lemonade flavor with slices of mango floating in it comes in. The middle really opens up and becomes quite refreshing, and thirst quenching, right before that sourness smacks me in the teeth again. Ends same as it started peach,mango and lemon sourness.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body and Light carbonation, the lazy bubbles are surprisingly prickly on the tongue. A really great mouth watering long lasting sour finish that invites you to keep drinking.
OVERALL: A really interesting take on a Berliner Weisse, I think the fruit really adds to the overall drinking experience. It makes complete sense to do a fruited Berliner since its served to tourists/locals in Berlin with a fruited syrup to help calm some of the sourness down. I read so many different reviews that rated this beer from complete drain pour to outstanding. I’m guessing there is a huge bottle variation issue with it. Luckily for me my bottle was really great, i put it closer to the outstanding mark.
RAITING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!
Las Vegas! are you ready for the 1st of what will be an annual “Locals Only” beer festival? All of Las Vegas’ Craft breweries in one place offering unlimited samples for 4 hours, even better all proceeds will go to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association! The event is not only a showcase of Las Vegas craft beer but also a way to build more awareness to our craft beer scene.
There will be a home brew competition, with the winner getting the opportunity to not only brew the winning beer at Banger Brewing but also to have it on draft there as well. Such a solid event to be put on by Banger Brewing, with the idea of helping create and grow the next wave of craft brewers in Las Vegas.
Are you ready Las Vegas? This looks like it is going to be pretty epic!
2801 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Ballast Point ‘Holy Hurricane’ Tap Takeover!
ALL Drafts just $5!
SD Trip Giveaway & Brewers Reception Specialty Cask & Ballast Artwork Raffle!
Meet Ballast Point Ballers ‘Yuseff Cherney’ (Yes, The Creator Of Sculpin!), ‘Earl Kight’ & BP Artwork Illustrator ‘Paul Elder’.
Paul Will Be Creating A Special Artwork Piece LIVE During The Event That Will Be Raffled Off, As Well As Other BP Specialty RARE Artwork!
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter – Funky Buddha Brewery
APPEARANCE: Pours a fresh pot of dark roasted coffee black. Hitting the glass it almost look as if a black hole is forming in the center, leaving some wonderful dancing hues of brown to fill in the edges. Produced a billowy head of two fingers in height, before quickly dissipating into a nice brown egg shell colored halo.
AROMA: Smells like I just walked into a back country breakfast diner! The inviting aroma of maple syrup freshly being poured over pancakes comes rushing towards you. Deep dark chocolate muffins, a fresh pot of coffee. The coffee smells like when you are tossing the filter out and have nothing but the spent coffee grounds. I’m trying to get bacon, but its not coming out on the bouquet. A slight smokiness that i could assume would be the bacon but the delicious maple syrup and coffee keep crashing in to my nostrils and wipe away any faint aromas of that.
TASTE: Boom! I am now Violet Beauregarde but instead of chewing my meal via gum I am drinking it through this beer. Liquid breakfast, maple is the dominate flavor. I can taste in being poured right into my mouth. The sweetness of the maple gives a nice introduction to the the slight bitterness from all the coffee swirling around. The coffee and mid palate maltiness really brings a harmonious balance to the beer. Right as i am thinking i have tasted it all the burnt crispy bacon flavors come rolling in to play. Not smokey which I am happy for, but more of a savory flavor that reminds you of bacon without feeling like you just drank a piece. The layers all blend together very well, a slight cocoa powder dusting floating on top of a coca-cola is present on the end. Really interesting and delicious tasting beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Right on the cusp of being a medium body but hits just bellow. The carbonation is lazy and lovely just the way I like my porters to be. Slight oiliness and slickness that goes well with knowing it has maple and bacon flavors within it. The beer expands while in the mouth giving it a marshmallow fluff creaminess that is very nice. Super drinkable, so much so that I am glad i was selfish and had this all to myself!
OVERALL: I can only assume that someones job at Funky is to pour bottles of maple syrup into bottles all day long while this is being made. How else could they get so much immense, rich, sweet goodness into each of these bottles. I thought this was truly an amazing porter, the flavors where amazing and layered well within each other. The only flavor that really didn’t pop was the bacon, but i think that’s what makes this drink so easily. The highlight of this Porter is the aroma, one of the best i have experienced on a beer in a while. I know the actual base porter itself takes a backseat to the additions of the adjuncts, but that’s what this beer is all about. I for one think it was done outstanding!
RATING: 4.9/5 Zombie Heads!
HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!
Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S
Jameson barrel aged Imperial Stout
APPEARANCE: Poured a jet black oil slick color, came out thick and gurgling. The hard pour produced a decent sized creamy khaki colored head. Great retention that stuck around through taking pictures all the way until the first drink.
AROMA: Big gooey, delectable fresh baked brownies, fudge and chocolate chip cookies. Nice Jameson barrel notes that have a light floral, spicy wood and vanilla swirl going on. Loads of warm butterscotch, carmel and toffee mixed with coffee and heavy cream. Very reminiscent of a Starbucks latte super inviting.